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Communication Disorders

College of Health Sciences

Katelyn J. Kotlarek, PhD, CCC-SLP

Head and shoulders image of Katelyn Kotlarek.Assistant Professor
Craniofacial Disorders and Imaging 
Ph.D., East Carolina University, 2019
M.S., Florida State University, 2014
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012 • (307) 766-5753 • Health Sciences Room 253    







Research Interests:

Dr. Kotlarek specializes in craniofacial disorders and imaging. Her main research interests include improving surgical and speech outcomes for individuals born with cleft palate. Her research has primarily focused on describing velopharyngeal muscle morphology and determining the effect of surgical intervention on the velopharyngeal mechanism of individuals born with cleft palate.

Research Website:

Speech Imaging Lab


Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing, and Hearing; Acoustics of Speech and Hearing; Dysphagia; Craniofacial Disorders 

Affiliations & Associations:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA Special Interest Group 5: Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders

Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

Graduate Women in Science 


Refereed Journals:

Kotlarek KJ, Pelland C, Blemker SS, Jaskolka M, Fang X, Perry JL (2020). Asymmetry and positioning of the levator veli palatini muscle in children with repaired cleft palate. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research, 63, 1317-1325. PMID: 32402223

Perry JL, Kotlarek KJ, Spoloric KH, Baylis A, Kollara L, Grischkan J, Kirschner R, Bates DG, Smith M, Findlen U. Differences in the tensor veli palatini between children with and without 22q11.2 DS using 3D MRI. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal57(3) 302-309. PMID: 31446782

Kotlarek KJ, Haenssler AE, Hildebrand KE, Perry JL (2019). Morphological variation of the velum in children and adults using MRI. Imaging Science in Dentistry, 49, 153-8. PMID: 31281792

Perry JL, Chen JY, Kotlarek KJ, Haenssler A, Kuehn DP, Sutton BP, Sitzman T, Fang X (2019). Morphology of the musculus uvulae in vivo using MRI and 3D modeling among adults with normal anatomy and preliminary comparison to cleft palate anatomy. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 56(8), 993-1000. PMID: 30786757

Perry JL, Kotlarek KJ, Mendez L, Holt YF, Fafulas S, Broadwell K (2019). Nasometric comparison between Spanish-English bilingual and English monolingual children. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 56(3), 331-339. PMID: 29986147

Kotlarek KJ, Kotlarek J, Reitnauer P, Perry JL (2018). A familial case study exploring craniofacial, velopharyngeal, and speech variations in Pierre Robin sequence. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 3(3), 1-10.

Perry JL, Kotlarek K, Sutton BP, Kuehn DP, Jaskolka M, Fang X, Point SW, Rauccio F (2018). Variations in velopharyngeal structure in adults with repaired cleft palate. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 55(10), 1409-1418. PMID: 29356620

Kotlarek KJ, Perry JL (2018). Velopharyngeal anatomy and physiology. Perspectives on Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction, 3(1), 13-23.

George TN, Kotlarek KJ, Kuehn DK, Sutton BP, Perry JL (2018). Differences in the tensor veli palatini between adults with and without cleft palate using high resolution three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging. Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, 55(5), 697-705. PMID: 29360409

Kotlarek KJ, Perry JL, Fang X (2017). Morphology of the levator veli palatini muscle in adults with repaired cleft palate. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 28(3), 833-837. PMID: 28060090


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